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Lymm Road, Thelwall, Warrington WA4 2TE

Welcome to Chaigeley School

Our History

About Chaigeley School

Chaigeley School is a Non-maintained Special School, established in 1946, that caters for young people between the ages of 8 and 16 who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Approved by the Department of Education, Chaigeley School provides a daytime schooling provision. The school is part of Chaigeley Educational Foundation, which is a registered charity.

The Chaigeley ethos is based around the Quaker principle of respect for the individual and valuing the contribution made by everyone. It gives students the opportunity to make choices in a non-threatening environment using positive reinforcement and the building of solid trusting relationships to encourage positive progress. All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions in preparation for the next stage in their development.

The school, its staff and governors are committed to fulfilling the school’s Mission Statement which is  “Providing, promoting and safeguarding excellent care and education, enabling everyone to realise their true potential”

Our History

Chaigeley Educational Foundation is a Registered Charity governed by a voluntary committee of Director Trustees and managed on their behalf by the Principal. The Charity has had associations with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from its beginnings in the war years,when it was set up to provide a hostel, 1940-44, based at Chaigley Manor, near Clitheroe, for “unbilletable evacuees” fleeing the Liverpool blitz.

 

As it was felt that this useful provision for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties should continue, not purely as war relief but on a more permanent basis . When Chaigeley Manor, was required by its owner at the close of the war, a new location was found in Thelwall in 1946, where the school resides today (formerly Greenfield’s House) as it was felt that this useful provision for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties should continue, not purely as war relief but on a more permanent basis . The school has the distinction of being the first residential school for children with BESD to be approved under the Education Act of 1944.

 

The Foundation has a history as a pioneering organisation. In the past, it has been involved with some of the notable personalities and organisations concerned with the education of emotionally and behaviourally disturbed children. More recently, a track record of innovation and a will to succeed against the odds, has won many warm comments from pupils, their carers and local authority officers alike. The school continues to reflect Quaker Values and Welcomes Children of all creeds and ethnic groups.

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